The 'e-flex’ technology, implemented this month, uses data analytics to automatically adjust chlorine production levels in line with changes in electricity supplies and thus optimize costs. Using flexibility – both in chemical production and electricity generation – will also help energy providers to balance large swings in supply from renewable sources such as wind power.
Werner Fuhrmann, CEO of AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, said, “The upgrades at our Rotterdam site will safeguard our position as a trusted partner for our customers, who rely on us to support the growth of their business. Taking advantage of digital technologies such as ‘e-flex’ also shows that digitalization, business growth, and a sustainable future can go hand in hand.”
The Rotterdam site has the biggest single-line electrolysis unit in Europe, with a production capacity of over 630,000 tons per year of chlorine, as well as caustic soda and hydrogen. The company is currently preparing the permitting documentation for the new facilities and construction is expected to start in 2019.
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